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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Why Google have got it right (again)

As the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy becomes closer to beginning work and ultimately moving into our multi-million pound Maritime House Campus, I am using this time to reflect. To reflect on our experiences, our shared beliefs and our vision for the future.

Tonight, the video I discuss below made me reflect on our superclass spaces at Osprey Quay Campus. Our spaces (example image below) have been designed to promote flexible and agile approaches to teaching and learning. The spaces have been designed to be reconfigured with ease so that they suit the activity required for learning. Our teachers recognise the value of teaching in such spaces, here one of them talking about this by clicking here.

In the same way we value the need for space to be reconfigured with ease, Google get the idea that interior workspaces need to have the ability to be reconfigured on a massive scale according to the company’s needs.

I encourage you to check out the below video from Google Vice President of Real Estate Dave Radcliffe and architects Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels. In the video, Google discuss their proposed Master Plan for their new campus in Mountain View, California -

Without doubt, Google's plan is every bit as radical as one would expect. On a huge scale it is celebrating many of the ideals we hold to here at the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy.